Suspect charged in abduction of Eliza Fletcher, but Memphis teacher remains missing, police say

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(CNN)A antheral has been charged successful transportation with the disappearance of a Memphis teacher investigators judge was abducted portion she was retired for a jog Friday morning, constabulary said.

Cleotha Abston, 38, was charged with particularly aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence, according to a tweet from the Memphis Police Department posted aboriginal Sunday.

"Eliza Fletcher has not been located astatine this time. MPD Investigators and officers, on with our section and national partners, proceed searching for Mrs. Fletcher," the station said.

Fletcher, 34, was jogging astir 4 a.m. Friday erstwhile a achromatic GMC Terrain SUV passed by her, according to surveillance footage obtained of the incident. A antheral was past seen getting retired of the conveyance and "ran aggressively" toward Fletcher and forced her into the rider broadside of the SUV. Once some individuals were wrong the SUV, the conveyance remained successful a parking batch for astir 4 minutes earlier driving away, according to the footage cited successful an affidavit obtained by CNN.

Missing Teacher Eliza "Liza" Fletcher

Abston was arrested Saturday aft constabulary recovered a conveyance they had been looking for successful the case.

US Marshals located the GMC Terrain successful a parking batch adjacent Abston's residence, according to the affidavit. The conveyance had the aforesaid distinguishable conveyance harm and partial licence sheet recognition seen successful the surveillance footage from Fletcher's abduction.

Abston was located adjacent by U.S. Marshals and attempted to fly but was taken into custody, the affidavit said.

He is being held astatine the Shelby County Jail connected a $500,000 bond, jailhouse records show.

It is unclear whether Abston has an attorney. His adjacent tribunal quality is scheduled for Tuesday.

DNA recovered from a brace of sandals recovered adjacent wherever authorities judge Fletcher was abducted helped investigators successful Memphis place and apprehension Abston successful transportation with Fletcher's disappearance, according to the affidavit.

Investigators discovered surveillance footage captured from a section theatre the time earlier Fletcher's disappearance, which showed Abston wearing what authorities judge are the aforesaid brace of Champion descent sandals recovered astatine the transgression scene, according to the affidavit.

Additional surveillance footage matched with statements from Abston's leader confirmed the conveyance believed to beryllium progressive successful Fletcher's kidnapping belongs to a pistillate associated with Abston's location address.

Cleotha Abston

Cell telephone records besides spot Abston astatine the tract during the clip of Fletcher's abduction connected Friday morning, the affidavit said.

Fletcher's damaged telephone was recovered adjacent the country wherever she is believed to person been abducted, CrimeStoppers Executive Director Buddy Chapman said, according to a quality merchandise obtained by CNN affiliate WHBQ.

According to the affidavit, a witnesser said she saw Abston astatine his brother's location aft the abduction. Both the witnesser and his member said Abston was behaving oddly arsenic helium cleaned the interior of his SUV and washed his apparel successful the sink.

According to the affidavit, Abston declined to stock Fletcher's location.

Photos released by constabulary amusement Fletcher moving successful the vicinity adjacent the University of Memphis. She was past seen wearing a pinkish jogging apical and purple moving shorts, constabulary said successful an alert.

Fletcher is White, 5 feet 6 inches tall, with brownish hairsbreadth and greenish eyes, constabulary said. She weighs 137 pounds.

The household of the parent of 2 is offering a $50,000 reward done CrimeStoppers for accusation starring to an apprehension successful the case, WHBQ reported.

"We look guardant to Eliza's harmless instrumentality and anticipation that this grant volition assistance constabulary seizure those who committed this crime," her household said successful a connection shared by Chapman.

In a station connected Twitter, St. Mary's Episcopal School said Fletcher is simply a inferior kindergarten teacher.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said successful a tweet it is assisting Memphis constabulary successful the investigation.

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